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Tristan Manalac, an hour ago
The rapidly growing elderly population of Singapore is a major risk factor contributing to the recent rise in tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country, a new study reveals. This may lead to further increases in incidence despite improving TB monitoring and management mechanisms.
Stephen Padilla, 11 hours ago
It appears that prescribing immediate antibiotics does not lessen major adverse outcomes of subsequent hospital admission or death for young people and adults with uncomplicated lower respiratory tract infection, a recent study has shown.
21 hours ago
Intravenous magnesium sulphate does provide any benefit to paediatric patients with acute bronchiolitis, with the infusion appearing to have detrimental effects, a study has found.
4 days ago
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the 10th commonest cause of death in Singapore, with a disease burden of 5.9 percent according to a 2015 population-based survey (EPIC-Asia survey) in Singapore. Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Augustine Tee, chief and senior consultant of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at Changi General Hospital (CGH) in Singapore, on how COPD is often underdetected in the primary care population as symptoms are not specific and diagnosis requires a combination of clinical risk factors, symptoms and spirometry testing.
Audrey Abella, 4 days ago
Fixed-dose combinations of long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) and muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) offered superior efficacy and comparable safety to LAMA or LABA/inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), the two most commonly prescribed first-line treatments for stable moderate-to-very-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a meta-analysis.
Stephen Padilla, 4 days ago
There is no evidence suggesting that genetically determined decrease in 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels confers an elevated risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis or elevated total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE), according to a recent study.
4 days ago
Meningitis, pneumonia, septicaemia and other infection-related diseases are associated with increased risks of in-hospital mortality in brain abscess in Taiwan, reports a new study.
Special Reports
Prof. Ignatius Ou Sai Hong, Dr. James Suh, Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Dr. Amit Verma, 14 May 2017
As targeted cancer therapy options are increasing, it is becoming more important to choose the most appropriate treatment for patients with cancer. At a Roche-sponsored symposium held during the 2nd ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore, four experts discussed the potential of comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) for personalizing cancer care and helping healthcare professionals to make the best treatment decisions for individual patients.
28 Apr 2017
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a disease marked by scarring and hardening of lung tissues. As a result, the lungs are unable to take in oxygen normally, which leads to lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, causing functional impairment and disability.1 Respiratory medicine experts, Professor Dr Paul W. Noble and Professor Dr Liam Chong Kin recently spoke to MIMS Doctor on IPF diagnosis and treatment. Here are the highlights from the interview.
12 Apr 2017
ESBRIET – Pirfenidone 267 mg hard cap – Roche
01 Mar 2017
At the recent Asia Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza (APACI) workshop in Kuala Lumpur, MIMS Doctor had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with eminent paediatric infectious disease specialist, Associate Professor Tawee Chotpitayasunondh. This article captures the highlights from our conversation with him.
03 Jan 2017
At a recent dinner symposium, an expert from Belgium presented on the management of allergic rhinitis, with a particular focus on the use of oral H1-antihistamines and intranasal glucocorticosteroids.
16 Dec 2016
KEYTRUDA – Pembrolizumab 100 mg/4 mL soln for inj – Merck Sharp & Dohme
09 Dec 2016
Asthma is a common condition prevalent in all countries of the world. To some it represents a minor, short-lived cough occurring after a viral infection; to others it is an incapacitating disease giving rise not just to morbidity but also premature death. This heterogeneity can lead to a sense of complacency and there is a need for a much improved approach to asthma to reduce unnecessary suffering. MIMS Doctor spoke to Professor Martyn Partridge who outlined a newer, more aggressive approach in asthma management.
Conference Reports
Christina Lau, 10 May 2017

The use of granulocyte colony stimulating-factor (G-CSF) is safe in patients with limited-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) treated with chemoradiotherapy, according to a post hoc analysis of the phase III CONVERT trial presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2017.

Christina Lau, 09 May 2017

Treatment with osimertinib significantly improves symptoms in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to new data from the phase III AURA3 trial presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2017.

Christina Lau, 09 May 2017

Patients treated with PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitors may be at increased risk of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) after receiving seasonal influenza vaccination, a small study presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2017 has shown.

Elaine Soliven, 15 Dec 2016
Thoracic ultrasound (US) may be a useful tool to further evaluate pulmonary complications in complicated pneumonia, especially if chest X-ray results are inconclusive, according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.
05 Dec 2016
Slideshow: Highlights from the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016), Bangkok, Thailand, 12 - 15 November 2016
01 Dec 2016
Balance impairment in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be directly related to old age, coronary artery disease, increased Timed Up and Go (TUG), and reduced 6-minute walk distance (6MWD), according to a study presented at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Roshini Claire Anthony, 30 Nov 2016

Various factors come into play when choosing the ideal chemotherapy regimen for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a presentation at the 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR 2016) held in Bangkok, Thailand.

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